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Date:      Sun, 29 Dec 2002 20:51:20 +0100
From:      Cliff Sarginson <>
To:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: adduser
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On Sun, Dec 29, 2002 at 08:31:58PM +0100, Alex wrote:
> Dear/Beste Cliff,
> Sunday, December 29, 2002, 7:53:02 PM, you wrote:
> > adduser is broken.
> > Jeez, people wonder why FreeBSD is not more popular.
> FreeBSD is for a number of reasons not popular. One is that people
> like you that produce negative PR without cause.
Negative PR ?
I do my best to promote it.
That does not mean being uncritical.
I tried the simple act of adding a user to my system.
It failed, repeatingly asking me for a user name I had already given.
You should not have to have the brain of Einstein in order to put a new
user on your system.
People like me, users of what I consider to be a very superior operating
system, that just lacks manners.
As a matter of fact, immediately after sending that email I started on
writing a decent mechanism for adding users. If that is negative PR then
I am sorry. A job that should take a few minutes, didn't.

When finished I will submit it through the normal channels.

It is no good pretending that FreeBSD is a user-friendly system, it is
not. As soon as people start paying attention to these fripperies, the
sooner it will be realised that it is streets ahead of most other OS'es.

   Cliff Sarginson 
   The Netherlands

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